Tips to Getting Around Open Tuning Festival

Here are four easy ways to navigate the over 130 acts performing at 33 venues between 2pm and 10:30 pm at this year”s Open Tuning Music Festival:


1. Use our handy Google Map –

It geographically lists all the Venues – and, if you click on a Venue, it will tell you who is playing there, at what time.


2. Go to our Open Tuning SCHED event Schedule online.  

It’s mobile friendly and provides the most up to date and accurate listing of all acts and Venue scheudules (sorry no map with this app)








3.  Download our Venue Map in PDF format

Download a PDF Map of 2017 Festival Venues






venues MAP OT 2017 PDF


4. Explore Freely!

Come to the Festival  – head north-east into the neighbourhood  from the Christie Subway station – or head north-west from Bathurst station – and follow your ears:

  • listen  for bands,
  • find rockin alleyway venues,
  • looks for signage or
  • ask a roaming festival ambassador.

There’s an info tent in Vermont Park  where a volunteer neighbour will be happy to answer any questions you might have.






See you at the Open Tuning!

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Schedule Released for Open Tuning 2017

Your 2017 Festival Schedule is Live!

Our fourth annual Open Tuning is bigger and better than ever. With over 130 acts performing simultaneously at more than 30 venues between 2pm – 10pm, we encourage everyone to visit our schedule event planning application.  It’s the best way to discover great music and plan your festival day ahead of time.

Browse performances – search by time, artist or venue.  And log in to take advantage of the personal calendar feature that lets you bookmark your favourites in order to sync them to your phone or calendar.

See the complete 2017 Festival day schedule at:

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Hear: We Grow Again!

Performer registration is closed and the schedule is being finalized for Open Tuning 2017.

With more than 130 acts registered this year, performances  will take place simultaneously at about 30 venues across Seaton Village on June 10th,  from 2pm – 10pm.  Once again this 4th annual free urban music festival is open to all musicians and will feature seasoned pros, first-timers and some-timers, who will entertain from community hosted venues such as porches, alleyways, garages, street corners and parks.

100% Free Again This Year!

Open Tuning is a 100% free, independent and community-driven festival. We operate with zero corporate sponsorship or advertising and no compensation of any kind.  Volunteers power this amazing event but we still need funds to power all the sound equipment we will be renting –  as well as other expenses.

Donations Still needed

To cover our costs we  are running a new 2017 Crowdfunding Campaign.   Our objective is to raise $3,000.  Achieving this goal will allow us to continue to provide a unique experience for our musicians , volunteers and festival-goers.



This year, the festival will once again subscribe to the SCHED Event Management Platform to organize the schedule and provide enhanced tools for audiences –  including a mobile app and the ability to create personalized Festival Day Schedules.

A full performance schedule of performers will be released in the next few days so stay tuned!

Your Volunteer Festival Organizers

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APRIL 20th Festival Registration Deadline is Fast Approaching.

If you’ve been putting off registering as a musician or a venue/stage for this year’s June 10th music festival, this is a reminder that you had best get on it – our April 20th registration deadline will be here sooner than you think !

And if you’ve gone through our information on this website and are still uncertain about participating in this year’s festival, feel free to contact us to find out more.



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This is what a community powered festival looks like!

Thanks to everyone who helped distribute flyers today.  Without you Open Tuning would grind to a halt.  It takes a community of dedicated volunteers (and we include musicians and venue hosts in this) to  organize a free DIY music festival.

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Host your own music festival!

Ever thought about hosting live music at your house?

Here’s your chance!

Open Tuning is a free music festival that fills the porches, lanes, alleys, parks and shops of downtown Toronto’s Seaton Village with music of all genres. Hosting your own venue is an amazingly cool way to spend your afternoon and/or evening, presenting live music and performers to appreciative audiences in this unique community-driven event.

● Want a specific genre?  No problem.

● Acoustic or electric?  Your choice.

● Where?  Your porch. Your garage. Your laneway. Your front lawn. Your store front. Your creativity can make this happen.

● When?  June 10th. Pick any time slot between 2-9 pm.

● Still not sure?  Your Open Tuning Festival organizing team can answer your questions and offer support.

Last year we had over 100 performers playing in more than 20 neighbourhood venues. The acts are lining up to play this year – we just need spaces. If you are interested in being an Open Tuning host and making magic happen, visit the venue page on the Open Tuning website to submit your name and location details:


Let’s Make Seaton Village Sing!

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superfriendsPlease join us on Monday, March 6 for a

Special Open Tuning Super Friends’ Meeting.


Our goal will be to share ideas and suggestions about communication and promotion of Open Tuning 2017. If you’re interested in:

  • marketing & PR
  • media communications
  • graphic design
  • videography
  • photography
  • promo videos
  • social media

then this meeting is for you! Help us make Open Tuning 2017 the best one yet!


We’ll be meeting at Christie Pits Pub’s  where it’s world-famous food and drink will be available for purchase.   – See you there!  (R.S.V.P. below. Capes are optional)

• When: Monday, March 6, 2017,  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
• Where: Christie Pits Pub, 814 Bloor St. W. (downstairs)

Please RSVP to:

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Open Tuning Organizing Team

You know you’re an Open Tuning Super Friend if…

  • You love the idea of a free, volunteer-driven community music festival
  • You can’t believe how much fun you had at previous Open Tuning Festivals 
  • You’re already looking forward to Open Tuning 2017 
  • You have an idea or 2 (or more) that could make Open Tuning even better (promotion, organization, scheduling, accessibility considerations, photography/videography….) 


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